Tuesday, 24 September 2013

24 September 2013 Beachy Head Fine sunny and warm becoming misty Variable E 1-2

A beautiful calm sunny morning after a drive to Beachy in mist. Covered all the usual sites on the Headland including the fields around Birling Sewage Plant and met up with a number of Beachy regulars. Good numbers of House Martins over the cliffs at Birling during the early morning but otherwise a small fall of Chiffchaffs and our first Firecrest of the Autumn. RDME was trapping in Whitbread Hollow still good numbers of Blackcaps but fewer other migrants but also trapped 2 Firecrests.
Birds ringed in brackets.

Sparrowhawk 2
Tawny Owl 1
Sand Martin 1
Swallow 300
House Martin 700
Meadow Pipit 50
Dunnock 40 (small influx noted)
Whinchat 2
Stonechat 15
Wheatear 2
Sedge Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat 3
Common Whitethroat 50 (9)
Blackcap 500 (83)
Chiffchaff 60 (2)
Willow Warbler 1
Firecrest 3 (2) 
Spotted Flycatcher 3
Greenfinch 2 (still very scarce this year)

House Martins gathering over the cliffs at Birling

Chiffchaffs at Birling

Whitethroat at Birling


Spotted Flycatcher in the Old Trapping Area